Live Nation Expands Utah Presence With United Concerts Acquisition

Live Nation Entertainment announced Thursday (Oct. 5) it has acquired United Concerts, the leading local promoter in Salt Lake City. United Concerts produces more than 170 live events per year at a wide range of venues throughout Utah, and has produced more than 6,000 events in its 50 years of business.

As a result of the move CEO/United Concerts Jim McNeil will take on the role of President, US Concerts/Salt Lake City, overseeing all local operations and reporting to Bob Roux, Co-President, North America Concerts, Live Nation.

The two companies have co-promoted shows in the region for years, and the acquisition is a natural progression as they aim to bring even more live events to the community. Earlier this year, Live Nation Entertainment’s Ticketmaster division was selected as the exclusive ticketing partner for the Vivint Smart Home Arena, home of the NBA’s Utah Jazz located in downtown Salt Lake City.

“Having partnered with United Concerts on hundreds of shows in the past we’re confident they are the right partners as Live Nation grows our presence in the market,” said Roux.

“Becoming part of Live Nation is a strategic move that will benefit our operated venues, and Utah’s live music community at large,” said McNeil. “We look forward to connecting artists with countless fans here in Salt Lake.”

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